Good coffee in Paris: don’t miss these 6 cozy and uncommon cafes

These can’t miss Parisian cafes will have you wanting to snuggle up with a good book and a delicious beverage any time of year! So you’ve finally made it to Paris for your dream vacation. But… eeek! The weather is less than spectacular. OR, the weather is great but you’re feeling a little jet lagged[…]

Galette des Rois (King Cake) five-star recipe

What’s the big deal with the King Cake dessert? It’s that time of the year – no, not for making resolutions to eat healthier, silly. It’s the month of the galette des rois, or King Cake! What is it? Why, only an almond custard-y layer of heaven surrounded by light and buttery puff pastry. That’s[…]

French winter cheese and wine: Checklist

Wine and cheese go together like… Peanut butter and chocolate… …cupcakes and frosting… …the stars and the moon… Must we go on?! We’re sure you’ve all heard what a great pairing wine and cheese make, but do you know why? Do you know which wines to serve with which cheeses (and why)? Do you know[…]

French holiday traditions: celebrate à la Française

How exactly do the French get down for Christmas and New Years? I know what you’re thinking – if we’re celebrating the same holidays how different can it get? Well… get ready to be shocked and amazed, non-French people. We’ve mapped out the major winter holidays of Christmas and New Years to give you an[…]

Complete Guide: How to host an authentic French holiday dinner party

A complete A-Z guide on how to wow your guests with a perfect French meal Do you want to add a French touch to your holiday meals this year? The French can through some pretty epic dinner parties. Chic settings, great food, quality time and conversation… they seem to have it all just right. Let’s[…]

French holiday drink guide: 9 festive options to try this year

Cocktails and drinks to bring a Parisian touch to your holidays Do you reminisce endlessly about your time in Paris? Are you looking to make your holiday celebrations a bit more chic? And dare I say… a bit more boozy? Well, if the answer to any of those questions was yes, I am going to[…]

Get to know… Karen’s Paris

Your chance to get inside the brain of company founder Karen. It’s not every day that Karen – or any of our guides – get asked random questions about themselves. Random questions about Paris? Yes. Random questions about French history? Absolutely. But just fun thinker questions? That’s much more rare. We wanted to give everyone[…]

8 Cool Ways Paris is Going Green

Ecology in Paris is not an abstract idea, it’s our health, our quality of life, and the means of the future. That’s a quote from Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. She’s been a big factor in Paris’ recent push to be less polluting and more ecological. Of course as the city that hosted the COP21[…]

9 Best French Authors of All Time

The French have given us more than just good wine and sweet treats… turns out they have a way with words, as well. We really can’t discuss literature without mentioning a few of the French greats. Where would we be without one-liners like ‘Love is a reciprocal torture’? Thanks Monsieur Proust! Read on below to[…]

When Hollywood comes to Paris

I was innocently strolling my neighborhood when I saw a street blocked off to traffic. “Strange,” I thought, and I figured there must have been a fire though I couldn’t see any fire trucks. I continued walking down the street and before long I apparently accidentally stepped into a time machine because I was –[…]

Instituutti: Coffee and Contemplation in Central Paris

I love Paris. And all that is typically Parisian… including the small spaces. I find them charming! But I will admit that sometimes spending day after day in a standard cramped Parisian café can get a tiny bit claustrophobic. When I’m feeling that way, I head to Instituutti for an afternoon of airy, light ambiance[…]

Top 7 Paris Christmas Markets 2014

In French it’s ‘Marché de Noël,’ in English we would say Christmas markets or Holiday markets, in German it’s Christkindlmarkt….Well, whatever you call it, these markets are an amazing part of winter in Paris! Below I’ve curated my top 7 holiday markets for you with descriptions, pros and cons, and all the necessary information. Runners-up[…]